ARS17 takes over Kiasma Art Museum in 2017


The theme of the ARS17 exhibition is the global digital revolution whose impacts are evident in culture and the economy, as well as in human identity and behaviour. Opening in March 2017, the exhibition will showcase artists of the new millennium and offer a fresh approach to contemporary art by also expanding the viewing experience into the online realm.

Digital technology has become an important part of everyday life. In addition to its purely technological applications, digitality also plays a role in the management of social relations, in community formation, and in communication. One of the key themes of the exhibition is how artists have responded to this transformation that touches us all. Art also plays the role of a pioneer in the digital revolution of culture.

Although it is highly reliant on the digital revolution, contemporary art regards its impacts with a certain scepticism, while also helping us to understand the world around us. The Internet is addictive and powerful: how radically has our worldview been altered by digitalisation and social media?

ARS17 will serve as a platform for Kiasma to develop the accessibility of art and the methods for its presentation, as well as the museum’s collection practices. As part of ARS17, the museum will launch a website, ARS17+ Online Art presenting online works by approximately 20 artists.

Today, an increasing amount of interesting work is being produced specifically for online viewing. Artists are using the internet and social media in many ways for their art. ARS17 will showcase several online works in order to engage the audience and extend the experience beyond the confines of the museum walls.

ARS17 features works by several Finnish and international contemporary artists. Many of the featured artists have conquered the internet in one way or another. Many of them have their works in the most prestigious collections in the world, and they have exhibited in key forums of art, including the international biennales in Venice and Berlin. It is high time to also have them in Finland.

ARS17 Artists

Ed Atkins (1982 Great Britain)
Andrey Bogush (1987 Russia)
Nina Canell (1979 Sweden)
Cécile B. Evans (1983 USA/ Belgium)
Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Trecartin (1981 USA & 1981 USA)
Melanie Gilligan (1979 Canada)
Juha van Ingen (1963 Finland)
Yung Jake (2011 Internet)
Ilja Karilampi (1983 Sweden)
Nandita Kumar (1981 Mauritius)
Tuomas A. Laitinen (1976 Finland)
LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner – Shia LaBeouf (1986 USA), Nastja Säde Rönkkö (1985 Finland), Luke Turner (1982 Great Britain)
Reija Meriläinen (1987 Finland)
Katja Novitskova (1984 Estonia)
Jaakko Pallasvuo (1987 Finland)
Aude Pariset (1983 France)
Jon Rafman (1981 Canada)
Charles Richardson (1979 Great Britain)
Rachel Rossin (1987 USA)
Jacolby Satterwhite (1986 USA)
Hito Steyerl
(1966 Germany)
Anna Uddenberg (1982 Sweden)
Julia Varela (1986 Spain)
Artie Vierkant (1986 USA)

ARS17 Online Art

As part of ARS17, the museum will launch a website, ARS17+ Online Art presenting online works by approximately 20 artists.

David Blandy (1976 Great Britain)
Cécile B. Evans (1983 USA)
Ed Fornieles (1983 Great Britain)
Juha van Ingen (1963 Finland)
Rachel Maclean (1987 Great Britain)
Florian Meisenberg (1980 Germany)
Reija Meriläinen (1987 Finland)
Pink Twins, Juha Vehviläinen & Vesa Vehviläinen (1978 & 1974 Finland)
Angelo Plessas (1974 Greece)
Jon Rafman (1981 Canada)
Tuomo Rainio (1983 Finland)
Charles Richardson (1979 Great Britain)
Jarkko Räsänen (1984 Finland)
Axel Straschnoy (1978 Argentina)
Jenna Sutela (1983 Finland)
Amalia Ulman (1989 Argentina)

ARS17 Programme at Kiasma Theatre

The ARS17 programme at Kiasma Theatre includes guest performances and four Finnish premières.

Florentina Holzinger ja Vincent Riebeek (Austria, Netherlands)
Rodrigo Sobarzo (Chile)
Otso Huopaniemi ja Pilvari Pirtola (Finland)
WAUHAUS, Samuli Laine, Jussi Matikainen, Jarkko Partanen (Finland)
Anne-Mari Karvonen ja Anni Puolakka (Finland)
Eeva Muilu ja Jaakko Pietiläinen (Finland)

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